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Deutz BF6M 1013E Catastrophic Piston Damage

Deutz BF6M 1013E Catastrophic Piston Damage

We’ve just received a Deutz BF6M 1013E backup power generator in our Colchester workshop for a full overhaul. Nothing unusual there, after all, that’s what we do! However, this one is a little bit different. You see, the reason for the overhaul isn’t because the generator’s been running for a set amount of hours and now needs looking at. Unfortunately, it’s damaged.  A while back we were asked to attend the...

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Running oil on high PSI

Running oil on high PSI

We recently completed the overhaul of a Baudouin P15 pump engine, and when it came to the 24hr FAT (Factory acceptance test) we noted something worrying, leading us to perform an RCA. There were no issues to start, with the engine test being carried out as usual: Engine installed onto testbed and all connections were made The engine was then primed by turning the engine over All rocker covers were removed, and it was checked that oil was at the...

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Engine failure root cause

Engine failure root cause

If you’re following us on social media (you can do so HERE if not), you probably saw our post earlier this week showing a John Deere emergency fire pump engine in our workshop that needed urgent attention: The water hose had failed (which is a common fault on these engines), so the operator called in their service company for a replacement. The hose and thermostat were replaced as expected, but no other investigation was carried out on...

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Engine Idling Issues

Engine Idling Issues

We are currently overhauling a Napier MS90 turbocharger from a marine operator’s Mirrlees Blackstone engine. The engine has just over 12.5k hours on the clock and is in good condition, however, the turbo was on the radar as needing some attention. Once our engineers had removed it and sent it to the workshop, the overhaul started with the usual inspection, dismantle and clean. As part of the overhaul, we knew the labyrinth seals and...

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Hours expired damper

Hours expired damper

Whilst speaking with an operator recently, the question came up about whether it was possible to save time and money by not replacing the damper. We gave them the full technical explanation and it made me think that it was worth putting together the correct protocol when it comes to the dampers in your critical diesel engine, to help you make the right decisions. There are two types of dampers: viscous and rubber bonded. Viscous dampers come in...

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Caterpillar 3126A timing issues

Caterpillar 3126A timing issues

Our engineers have been working on an interesting engine in the workshop recently which I thought I’d share with you. The engine in question was sent to us by a marine operator for a full overhaul: nothing out of the ordinary there. The engine in question, however, IS out of the ordinary: A Cat 3126A with 2 valve cylinder heads and combined pump injectors. Caterpillar only made a few of these engines, and thanks to various issues with timing,...

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